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Old 12-23-2018, 07:45 AM   #21
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I am very familiar with our local Salvation Army thrift store, my wife is a volunteer there.

Its surprising to some, but they do get shoplifting. They charge $2.99 for a pair of shoes, yet they had to stop putting out both shoes of a pair as so many were getting stolen (people tend to not steal a single shoe).

They do good work, and they give vouchers to those in need to obtain free items from the thrift store. Their prices tend to be at the lower end.

+10 on people swapping tags, that happens as well. Sad...
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:03 AM   #22
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I have two homes to pack up. My Mom's condo and my home. Through a discussion with my Mom, before her death, ALL her clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, etc. etc. are being given to the Veterans. My bio-Dad was career Army and my step-Dad was in the Navy in WWII. ALL my stuff (with the exception of some personal items, tools, etc.) are going to Goodwill.

I don't care how much money a CEO of a charity earns/makes. It's what the charity accomplishes in the community. You won't get a visionary CEO if you hire someone and pay them minimum wage. I don't have any idea what other Goodwill Industry stores are like in other cities, but Portland, Oregon has a fantastic one.

When my EX was 39 years old, he had a major brain stem stroke and was paralyzed on his left side. Speech wasn't affected though. ONLY Goodwill stepped up to give him additional training so he would be employable. They hooked him up with mentors in the city, arranged transportation for him to meet them and they gave him the training he needed. In the end, he achieved a certification as a Microsoft Systems Engineer.... this was nearly 30 years ago! He ended up having another brain stem stroke in his 40s, but Goodwill will always hold my heart for everything they did for him the first time around.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:22 AM   #23
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I find in most cases that buying at garage sales or thrift stores (used) just adds clutter to the garage with stuff never used. We don't even bother with stopping at those places, it just adds to the junk we already have. In fact I have spent the last two years getting rid of clutter and I had some good clutter that all went cheap. You can always tell when you have good clutter or bad clutter, if your kids never say that want that particular item when you are gone, you know you got some real junk of not much value.

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Old 12-26-2018, 08:34 AM   #24
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I could pretty much care if Goodwill is for profit or not, but I hope they make enough to stay in business so I have a place to take all my stuff to when I want to get rid of it, in most cases I can't give it away.

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I find in most cases that buying at garage sales or thrift stores (used) just adds clutter to the garage with stuff never used. We don't even bother with stopping at those places, it just adds to the junk we already have. In fact I have spent the last two years getting rid of clutter and I had some good clutter that all went cheap. You can always tell when you have good clutter or bad clutter, if your kids never say that want that particular item when you are gone, you know you got some real junk of not much value.

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A few keys:

Control the urge. Let someone else get a good deal.

One item comes in, one item goes out. I've done this to upgrade my wardrobe.

Develop outlets for the nice stuff you find but don't need. Friends, family, eBay, consignment shops, or whatever. If you don't have a destination for the item, don't buy it! Example, I pick up bicycle stuff as long as it is reasonably priced and then donate it to the local bicycle co-op.


It is easy to become a hoarder if you are not careful.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:02 PM   #26
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I've got three boxes of stuff for the trailer now. It's all going to be put in! Honestly! Eventually!
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